Jo and I hacking together a campus.
Every single day I find myself nearly drowning in the amount of work that needs to get done in what feels like just a few limited number of hours in the day. You probably know what that’s like with all that you’ve got going on yourself!
With the impending launch of the Atlanta campus I find myself in a very unique place with a growing global staff as well as the specific staff here in the city of Atlanta. It’s very much like a startup within a larger startup (although TIY has been around the block a few years and has more than enough earned stripes!).
The excitement is palpable and every week the momentum is building as we make critical decisions ranging from where we should open the Atlanta campus to what technology platforms we should commit to as well as interviewing (and hiring) top talent.
For example, this week we toured a number of locations and have been reviewing a number of attractive proposals from great organizations. Listing the pros and cons of each opportunity is staggering and it can be difficult to sort through all the available options. In such instances I’m glad I’m not doing it alone and meeting up with Jo Albright (our new iOS instructor!) to walk through one of the spaces helps me bear the load nicely.
Yet in these times of great tumult I challenge myself to take a step back and realize how amazing these moments truly are – if you can just take it all in for a moment and see it all for what it really is you can begin to appreciate not only enormity of the challenge but also the weighty responsibility of making it happen with excellence.
You also begin to realize how fortunate and blessed you are to have been chosen to command an effort to make it all wildly successful. What a privilege and honor it is to do something so new and so personally invigorating.
In that regard, I’m still looking for a few quality people to join the ranks of the Atlanta-based team to do more than just build a campus – I want to find the right people to build and impact the techno-culture for the better. I want them to be humbled by the task before them but at the same time bold enough (and stubborn perhaps) to believe that they can knock it out of the park.
There are only a few times in our lives where we’ll have the opportunity to really work on extraordinary problems as well as work with extraordinary people. I hope this year is one of them for the record books for you!
Let’s do it.